The Ethics of Interracial Marriage
(This is the 5th message in a 7-part series we're posting on racial harmony.)
Five arguments that are used to oppose interracial marriage and responses to counteract them:
1. Races are God's will and therefore amalgamating them is against his will. (Genesis 11:6-9, Deuteronomy 32:8, Acts 17:26)
- These proof texts refer to separation of peoples that are along lines much more narrow than race. They are not racial divisions, so, used this way, they "prove" too much, since they would seem to forbid intermarrying between any people group boundaries even within the same race.
- When God separated the peoples in Genesis 11:6-9 it was by language, not race. Racial distinctions came later. This passage does not teach that people cannot learn each other's languages and marry each other. Rather, the lesson to be learned is that no group of people should conspire against God.
- God's punitive judgments (like the…